Gottsleben Retires After 33 Years at USD

Gottsleben Retires After 33 Years at USD

VERMILLION, S.D.–University of South Dakota head men’s track and field coach Dave Gottsleben has announced his retirement from coaching following a fruitful 33-year career at South Dakota.


Gottsleben was twice named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association. He has won more conference championships than any coach in USD history with 20 between men’s cross country and men’s indoor and outdoor track and field.


Under Gottsleben, the Coyote men accumulated 125 All-America awards with seven NCAA titles and 13 NCAA runner-up finishes. USD’s lone NCAA Division II team title also came under Gottsleben at the 1997 NCAA Cross Country Championships.


Gottsleben’s teams have captured 20 conference championships between the North Central Conference, the Great West Conference and the Summit League. The Coyotes were one of the most consistent teams in the NCC with six NCC titles, 15 runner-up performances and a pair of third-place efforts in the last 24 NCC meets.


Gottsleben has been inducted to the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame (2015), Howard Wood Dakota Relays Hall of Fame (2016) and Sioux City Relays Hall of Fame (2001). He also received the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Coaches Association Award in 1994 for his distinguished service to Division II track and field.


Gottsleben and his wife, Helen, reside in Yankton. He has one daughter, Kendra.

Statement from Dave Gottsleben:

I am thankful to have had the opportunity to coach and teach at the University of South Dakota for the past 33 years. I have been blessed to have been part of the lives of so many dedicated and talented young men during that time. The University of South Dakota is a very special place with a great past, present and future in higher education and athletics.

 Statement from USD director of track and field/cross country Lucky Huber:

I have been fortunate enough to not only have Dave as my coach, my mentor and my colleague, but as my good friend for the past 30 years. He is truly one of the most decorated coaches in USD history.

Statement from USD director of athletics David Herbster:

The impact that Dave has had on the track and field program goes well beyond the professional accolades and team accomplishments. He has brought Coyote track and field to a national level of relevance and has shaped the lives and careers of thousands of student-athletes. Dave will be missed as a coach, mentor and teacher, but his legacy will live on.

The Gottsleben File

– Two-time National Coach of the Year (1997, 2006)

– Eight-time Regional Coach of the Year (1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2006)

– 17-time Conference Coach of the Year (11 NCC, 3 Great West, 3 Summit League)

– 20 Conference Championships

13 NCC (1992 indoor, 1994 xc, 1995 xc, 1997 indoor, 1997 xc, 1998 indoor, 1998 xc, 1999 indoor, 2000 outdoor, 2002 indoor, 2005 indoor, 2006 outdoor, 2007 indoor)

3 Great West (2009 indoor, 2010 indoor, 2011 indoor)

4 Summit League (2013 indoor, 2014 indoor, 2014 outdoor, 2015 indoor)

– 8 top-10 NCAA Division II finishes

– 6 National Champions (who won 7 titles)

– 13 National Runner-Up Finishes

– 52 All-Americans (who combined for 113 All-America honors)

– 12 All-American Relay Teams


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